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Contested Probate, Inheritance and Succession Disputes

Losing a loved one is hard enough, without having issues caused by Contested Probate, Inheritance, and Succession Disputes. Sadly, some people are unhappy with either the assets that they have been left, or the fact that they have received nothing at all. It is important to understand your legal status and how you can contest or defend a Will before or after probate. We are expert Inheritance Dispute Solicitors and can help all aspects of this difficult time.

Please call us now on 01603 672222 for a no-obligation conversation today or Click Here To Make An Online Enquiry.

We can help you with problems such as:

  • Defending a claim against an estate where you are the Executor or the Administrator
  • Contesting a Will – if there are issues with the Will itself, determining whether the deceased had capacity to make the Will along with the knowledge and approval of executing the Will itself. There could also be concerns that the Will is a forgery or that someone placed undue influence upon the deceased to write the Will in a specific way disinheriting or including a particular beneficiary to the Will
  • Inheritance Act Claims – if you have not received as much as expected or nothing at all. The Inheritance (Provisions for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 provides for specific types of beneficiaries that are able to contest a Will if they have not been properly provided for. These might include, a spouse, children, or people who were dependant on the deceased. These types of claims must be brought within six months from the date of the Grant of Probate or the Letters of Administration
  • Trust Disputes – including the removal of a Trustee. Trust disputes may include the Trustee not acting in accordance with their duties placed upon them as a Trustee. This may include using the Trust funds inappropriately or not following the terms of the Trust
  • Professional Negligence – happens when a solicitor/Will writer has failed to give the correct advice, causing a loss to the estate or a beneficiary. There are particular rules to follow when it comes to drafting a Will that solicitors and Will writers should follow to ensure that the wishes of the Testator are followed correctly
  • Succession Disputes – if it is disputed who will continue running a business or estate

Large or complex estates can cause more disputes or challenges, therefore it’s imperative to have expert legal advice to help resolve the issues efficiently and amicably. We understand that this may be a difficult time and we will work sensitively with all parties, as necessary.

FAQs

Can anyone contest a Will?

You can contest a Will if you feel you have not been properly provided for or you have been disinherited from the Will entirely. This includes situations such as:

  • You have been left out of the Will
  • You question the validity of the Will
  • You are named in the Will but you believe you have not been properly provided for
  • The deceased promised you something but failed to leave it in the Will and you have relied on the promise and acted to your detriment
  • You were financially dependant on the expected inheritance from the deceased’s Will and you have not received enough to properly maintain you
  • You are worried that a third party has placed an undue pressure or influence on the deceased to make the Will in a certain way

How would I contest a Will?

Every Will dispute is different, but they follow the same process:

  1. Investigation – We will look at the Will and any other related documents, including a copy of the Will file which would include relevant file notes and draft Wills, as well as any previous Wills of the deceased.  Any relevant medical information, social care records or any police investigations
  2. Mediation – A detailed Letter of Claim along with the supporting documentation should be disclosed to the Personal Representatives dealing with the Administration of the estate.  During which we would suggest engaging in methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Then it goes to mediation.  The Courts have made it very clear that with any type of dispute, mediation should be considered.  If you refuse to mediate, this could act against you if the matter was to progress to Court. Most Inheritance Disputes can be resolved through mediation, thereby avoiding court which can be time consuming and expensive
  3. Court – This is rare, but unfortunately some disputes can’t be resolved through mediation and have to be decided by a court. If this does happen, we have the expertise to support you and secure the best outcome possible

Defending a claim against an estate

The role of an Executor or Administrator is to act entirely in the best interests of the deceased’s estate. Sometimes, some Executors or Administrators find it difficult to act impartially when a person contests a Will. It is often advised that if this happens, you seek expert legal help to ensure that the claim is fully investigated in accordance with your duties as the Personal Representative of the estate. If claims are not dealt with correctly and the matter proceeds to Court, this could leave the Personal Representative personally exposed to a costs order against them. We are more than happy to discuss this in order to prevent the potential risks involved. The costs of defending such a claim against the estate are usually borne by the estate itself.

How much does it cost to contest a Will?

The cost of a Will or probate dispute depends entirely on the time needed, complexity of the case and whether it goes to court. If the parties can come to an agreement, the dispute can be resolved at any time and the costs can be shared. However, if the case goes to court, then the court will decide how the costs are paid.

There are various ways to cover the cost of a claim, which we would be more than happy to discuss with you, including legal expenses insurance, a conditional fee agreement (i.e. no win no fee), monthly billing, payment on completion or third-party funding.

Please call us now on 01603 672222 for a no-obligation conversation today or Click Here To Make An Online Enquiry.

Testimonials

"You couldn’t improve the service, it was faultless. I found dealing with Simper Law an absolute pleasure from the first phone call to completion of my Will. Everyone I spoke  to was helpful and friendly and Kim made the whole process easy and stress free. Many thanks and I won’t hesitate to recommend you."

Client: Mrs Loveday

"Very informative and clear. The Solicitor fully understood out requirements. Everything was completed to our satisafction in a suitable timeframe. The service and the delivery of the service was exemplary. First class from all concerned. It was apparent from the first meeting that we had chosen well in approaching Simper Law. First class knowledge and customer care at all times. Very attentative, helpful and efficient."

Client: Mr and Mrs Hall

“Nothing could be improved with the service. Extremely satisfied.”

Client: Mrs B Laidler

“Our Wills were dealt with very quickly. Thank you, Sally.”

Client: Mr & Mrs F.

“We saw Sally Riches for assistance in drawing up new Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Our objectives were completely understood and Sally went the extra mile in providing a good service for us. Sally is friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Thank you for all your help.”

Client: Mr & Mrs J.

“I was delighted by the prompt response and the friendly helpful service we received. Thank you.”

Client: Mr & Mrs Hannant

"Victoria is the perfect Solicitor and will fight your corner every step of the way. Victoria has a way of making you feel at ease and you are made to feel like you are the most important person in the world, I highly recommend Simper Law."

Client: Tracey Bellward

"Victoria was able to take the emotion out of my case and look at it objectively, with a view to minimising my costs. I’ve worked with a few Solicitors in the past who take the opposite approach. I’m more than happy to recommend and pass on to friends and family."

Client: John Graham

"I would like to pass on my thanks to the team at Simper Law for the handling of an outstanding debt to my business.
Victoria was able to achieve more in a week than I was able to in a year! I cannot fault the level of customer service or professionalism throughout the process and what sometimes can be a very stressful procedure was anything but. If I have another issue like this arises in the future then Simper Law will be my first point of call and I would recommend them to family, friends and colleagues without hesitation."

Client: Niall Secker

"I'm so very grateful to Kim and her team for helping me to make a will that covered my wishes. Kim is a naturally caring person and made me feel at ease from the start. All questions were answered factually, but with compassion. Now I feel I can rest at ease in the knowledge that all is in order on this front. I was very worried at the idea of this experience, but I had no need to be -at all."

Client: Anthony Joseph

"I would like to thank Kim for her patience and advice in putting together a somewhat complicated Will and have no hesitation whatever in recommending Simper Law to anyone needed a friendly professional service."

Client: Doreen Avellino

"Best Solicitors I’ve dealt with, friendly, very easy to deal with and never trying to get you to do something you didn’t want. Exceptional."

Client: Paul Horrex

"Outstanding service from all at Simper Law- A total pleasure to deal with from first contact to completion. Not only professional in all respects, but just the right touch to leave you confident and completely at ease. Kim and her lovely team offer an impressive service second to none."

Client: Carol Rose

"I highly recommend Sally Riches at Simper Law. Her dealings with me throughout the Will writing process were professional, timely, efficient, helpful, clear and pleasant.
It was a task I was dreading and Sally made it easier and more effortless than I imagined it could be. Thank you."

Client: Sandra Boatman

"Thanks again Danielle- you’ve done a fantastic job on this - great communication and professional efficiency throughout the process for which we are very grateful."

Client: Sally Burrell

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